Get Off the Sidelines to Help Stop Diabetes®

By American Diabetes Association

Marjorie Cypress, PhD, RN, CNP, CDE, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are one of the nearly 26 million Americans with diabetes, or you care about someone who lives with it. You know the worries, the struggles, the complications, the daily ins and outs of this serious disease. You know how it truly changes lives.

As President of Health Care and Education for the American Diabetes Association, part of my responsibility is to make sure that what we do as an organization stays true to the mission of improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. And as a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, I care for with people with diabetes nearly every day.

The truth is, diabetes is an epidemic and it’s going to take all of us to solve it. Ninety to 95 percent of cases in the United States are type 2 diabetes, which can be prevented or delayed. We can’t wait until people get diabetes to do something about it. We need to be proactive and not just reactive.

Let’s start with medical world: Your health care team can involve many players, including your general practitioner, endocrinologist, nutritionist and dentist. These experts are critical to creating the best treatment plan for each person with diabetes. And primary care providers especially are on the front lines of diabetes prevention, educating and monitoring their patients to avoid type 2 and diabetic complications.

Let’s think much more broadly about legislation. Preventing chronic diseases such as diabetes is a goal of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act, which would provide coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program to eligible seniors who are at high risk for type 2. This legislation has the potential to slow the diabetes epidemic, which costs our nation $245 billion annually. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also seeks to emphasize prevention by reducing or eliminating costs for preventative and wellness services, and ensures no person living with diabetes will ever be denied or charged more for health insurance. Both of these pieces of legislation are big steps in the right direction.

But the solution to stopping diabetes is even bigger than that. We need a truly multidisciplinary team, one that gets many different people thinking about and promoting good health. So whether you’re an architect or an event planner, a farmer or an office manager, ask yourself: What can I do to Stop Diabetes

Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Chief Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah

About Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah C.B. Helping Hands Ministries Founder/Overseer / Business owner / Nurse, Friend, Apostle Shelia Benjamin~Inusah, a small town country girl with a big heart. That big heart didn’t go unnoticed by God. At age 8; Apostle Shelia made the most important decision of her life. She decided to follow Christ. It wasn’t long before she heard the calling of God upon her life to reach the lost at any cost. To touch lives, one person at a time. By age 15 she was actively ministering to many in her community. From the young to the elderly, and even the dying; she has made it a priority to care for the souls of those in need. Today Apostle Shelia leads the C.B. Helping Hands Ministries team on a greater call. A call to reach the lost not just in our community but also around the world. C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and Apostle Shelia have become the vessel that God is using to bridge the gap between generations and touch the hearts of a lost, and dying world. Daily she ministers to the homeless, battered women, suicidal people and at risk youth among others. As a John Maxwell certified coach, and speaker she travels the world adding value to others. She is dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and helping others see their true potential. With a never quit attitude and unwavering faith, she has been able to build C.B. Helping Hands Ministries and testify of God’s provisions and unfailing love. Making sure to always give God the honor and praise. She motivates young adults like none other. She has become a renown inspirational speaker like none other. She is real, she is alive, she is on fire and excited about transforming, and adding value to others.. She is new, real, and a breath of fresh air. Called, and anointed for such a time as this.
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